In wake of Census sleepers, how can fed managers approach embarrassing conversations?

Thursday - 9/29/2011, 5:09pm EDT

Tim Barnhart, President, Federal Management Partners

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Sleeping on the job at the Census Bureau is not acceptable. A memo from the Acting Chief Human Resources Director, Ted Johnson, makes that pretty clear. The Washington Post reports Johnson's email came after complaints about employees sleeping in public areas on the Census campus in Suitland, Md.

Deciding how to communicate sensitive information to your organization is tricky. In an interview with In Depth with Francis Rose, Tim Barnhart, president of Federal Management Partners, discusses how leaders should think about conversations or memos about potentially embarrassing subjects.